Having lived in two of America's largest cities, I'm used to reading a big city paper. So, I'm always interested to see what the local small-town paper finds newsworthy. This week, it was a full-page spread on, "Five things you didn't know about lightning but should." Number three was intriguing: "South Carolina is a hot zone. The state ranks 13th in the nation for human lightning strikes." Great. It ranks 48th for quality of education, but 13th for lightning strikes. So basically, as long as we live here, my kids are more likely to be struck by lightning than they are to graduate high school.
South Cackalackie: the land of "smiling faces, beautiful places", human lightning rods, and illiterate drop-outs.